Microsoft has submitted plans to develop a downtown Portland site just one block away from Apple's planned big new retail store.
[Microsoft has] been opening stores around the country, following the lead of Apple's highly successful retail strategy.
Historically, Microsoft hasn't sold its own computer hardware -- with a few exceptions, notably the Xbox video game console. But the company launched its own tablet computer last year, the Surface, and is widely believed to be preparing its own phone.
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